The Speckled Mind

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Rumors of My Blog's Resurrection Were Greatly Exaggerated


I blink, and another two weeks have gone by. This time though, faithful readers, I have a decent excuse. Right now I'm taking a German reading class at Catholic University. The goal is to teach students how to read complicated German theological texts. AND you only get five weeks to learn how.

So, needless to say, the class is going at breakneck speed. After just four days of this stuff, we've learned more than a normal German class would learn in its first month and a half. Ich spreche gut Deutsche. Yeah, you heard me.

As a relief from all of the German, Jess and I went to the Nationals vs. Brewers game on Friday night with some friends. We left a bit late, so we were walking through the gates just as the national anthem was being played. The friend suggested that we stop and wait 'til the anthem was finished before proceeding to our seats. So we stood there and waited, and a million thoughts were running through my head:

"I wonder who's playing the anthem?"

"Is that Kenny G?!?!!"

"Why on earth would they have a soprano sax for a Saturday night game?"

"Geez--is he ever gonna breathe?"

"I never learned to circular breathe, but it would have been sweet."

"I guess it's not Kenny G, cause this guy is African American."

"I wonder if that instrument will ever shake the image of Kenny G..."

Before I knew it the anthem finished, and I was shaken from my daydreaming by a rather large man. He tapped me on the shoulder and said:

"Excuse me--are you an American?"

Surprised and confused by the question, I stammered, "Um..yes."

"Then you really should take your hat off during the national anthem."

The dude walked away, leaving me wondering--did that really just happen? I had totally just gotten shot down as a Commie.

All that to say, I want anyone who reads this blog to beware: with my German studying and my Communist hat wearing habits, the Government may consider you an accessory to whatever it is that I'm doing. Mr. McCarthy would like to ask you a few questions.

You just can't be too careful about your friends these days...

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  • Well are you studying East German or West German? Because if it is West German, you'll be fine!

    Seriously though, hast du spaz mit Deutsch. I took a year of it at the U and though I can't speak very well, my comprehension when hearing or reading is still rather good. It's a fun language!

    By Blogger Victoria, at 10:52 PM  

  • I can't believe you left your hat on during the anthem!! That's the kind of thing that will get your citizenship terminated. I mean, c'mon. Don't you know that if you don't show heartfelt reverie for our nation's symbols that you might as well go be a latte-drinking, Prius-driving, NPR-listening, European socialist. I bet you don't support our troops either.

    By Blogger Jess(ica), at 10:25 AM  

  • I despise people that tell you how you should live your life when the issue doesn't really matter. Take your hat off during the National Anthem. Take your hat off in church. Dress in your Sunday best for church.

    More than the jackass dude telling you how to behave, I despise people that say things and walk away. If you are going to say something judgemental or directive to me about my life, you should least stand there long enough for me to tell you to sod off.


    ps. What if taking your hat off doesn't register as a symbol of respect for me? It doesn't. I've never understood why the hat is the symbol. Why not gloves? It is also an accessory!?!!?!?!?!

    By Blogger mjonthemove, at 12:11 PM  

  • Tim-
    You were raised better than that

    By Blogger Karl, at 9:31 AM  

  • dude,

    you should take your hat off for the anthem at a baseball game. baseball is about order, unlike any other sport. shirts tucked in, hats on players straight...I even despise jewlery on players. I agree with the big dude.

    By Blogger stevetreichler, at 12:03 AM  

  • By the way, GREAT to see you today!! Miss you and Jess alot!

    By Blogger stevetreichler, at 12:10 AM  

  • It's good to see you blogging again. I admit I missed it! :)

    By Blogger kalassea, at 2:14 AM  

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